Which country has the highest rate of obesity?

Australia has the most obese people, with more than one in four Australians classified as overweight or obese.

The data shows the number of Australians overweight or fat has doubled in just two decades, with the rate rising to 7.5 per cent.

The increase is a sharp rise from just 10 years ago, when the rate was 2.4 per cent, but it is still significantly higher than the global average of 1.4.

Australia’s obesity rate is a far cry from countries such as the US, UK, France, Germany and Sweden.

In Australia, the rate of overweight and obesity is higher than countries such Australia and New Zealand.

“This is not a new phenomenon,” Professor Scott Campbell, of the School of Public Health, said.

“Overweight and obesity are both associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.”

The number of Australian people with type 2 diabetic disease is the highest in the world.

The average number of days Australians with diabetes are living in extreme poverty is more than seven.

Professor Campbell said the rise in obesity could be due to more people living in remote and regional areas.

“We’ve got this really high rate of Australian-born kids with Type 2 diabetes, and there’s a lot of people that have that kind of disability, so that’s a real concern,” he said.

The latest figures also show the number who have died from the disease has increased, and the number living in poverty has increased.

“What’s really worrying about the rate is we’re seeing a huge increase in the number people living on less than $US10 a day,” Dr Campbell said.

He said the trend could be attributed to poor diet.

“People are getting more fat and less active, and that’s contributing to the rise,” he explained.

The trend has been highlighted by a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, which showed the number and proportion of Australians who were obese doubled in five years.

“The new research also shows that people who are obese are living longer and have higher risks of mortality and death from diseases including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and stroke,” the report said.

Dr Campbell said he was not sure what was causing the rise, but stressed the findings could change.

“I think we’ll see a new emphasis put on things like exercise and weight loss, but that’s not necessarily going to be good news for Australia as a whole,” he told ABC News Breakfast.

“In fact, it could be a really bad thing, because that’s actually something that we need to address more quickly.”

Dr Campbell’s team are also researching how to reverse the trend, and will soon release a report on the research findings.